Technology - - Nov 18,2016
Domino’s Pizza becomes the first in its field to send a food delivery through a drone
A couple in New Zealand became the first to get served by air, as Domino’s Pizza tested its Pizza delivery drone. Though, Domino's did pull off its first ever test delivery by drone in August this year; testing a system they'd been designing since March. The drone flew with flying colors (or food) to deliver a pie to Domino's Groups CEO Don Meij, New Zealand’s Minister for Transport Simon Bridges and Matt Sweeny CEO of Flirtey (the company operating the drones). The couple became the first genuine customers to have received their order delivered by a drone.
Domino's General Manager of New Zealand, Scott Bush, said that the hope is for all of the company's deliveries in New Zealand to be carried out by drones within the next few years; which they expect, will open up new jobs for pilots and other delivery-drone-related positions. Scott added that, they have crafted a 3-10 minutes plan. It aims at the customers receiving fresh hot pizza within 3 minutes of ordering in restaurant and 10 minutes through the drone-delivery system.
Domino’s has partnered with drone delivery startup ‘Flirtey’, to design their air delivery system; an unmanned drone controlled through a GPS and a drone pilot. The delivery to the New Zealand couple, Emma and Johnny Norman took hardly 2 to 3 minutes to fly out from the store and reach their home. In addition to New Zealand, Domino's is looking for using this drone-delivery system to deliver in France, Australia, Japan, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands.
"We invested in this partnership and technology, because we believe that drone delivery will be an essential component of our pizza deliveries in future, so that even more customers can receive the freshest, hottest pizza we can offer," Meij told The New Zealand Herald.